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Title:An Introduction to Eritrea's Ongoing Revolution: Women's Nationalist Mobilization and Gender Politics in Post-War Eritrea
Author:Hodgin, Peter
Year:1997
Periodical:Eritrean Studies Review (ISSN 1086-9174)
Volume:2
Issue:1
Period:Spring
Pages:85-110
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Eritrea
Northeast Africa
Subjects:empowerment
women's organizations
feminism
Women's Issues
nationalism
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Politics and Government
organizations
Equality and Liberation
politics
social history
Political development
gender discrimination
women's rights
Law reform
national liberation movements
government policy
Abstract:Despite the effort of the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), the postwar manifestation of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF), to pave the way for the empowerment of Eritrean women, through the adjustment of laws regarding land use, property and marriage, the battle for gender equality continues. The author traces the history of the efforts made by the EPLF to include women in their mobilization of the Eritrean people from 1961 to the late 1970s. Central to the EPLF effort was an extensive education programme. The EPLF programme also developed political cells which evolved into mass-oriented national unions, one of which was the National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW). Since 1991, when Eritrea gained independence, the NUEW has remained the primary voice for Eritrean women's social, political, and economic concerns. The author discusses the activities of the NUEW since around 1986, in particular a series of workshops held in 1994 which addressed current development difficulties still affecting women in Eritrea in relation to the media, education, health, the law and politics. He argues that the hindrances on the path toward equality for Eritrean women are similar to those facing the entire nation's development. Consequently, the NUEW has moved from forwarding programmes for women in smaller areas to attempting similar programmes with an entire nation. Ref.
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